Loving and Educating Children Since 1984

Why Sunshine?

Over 30 years of educating and loving children has taught us a few things...

Our Extraordinary Learning Environment

Sunshine School is located in a unique setting at the base of the Santa Catalina mountains. Founded on the idea of a one room school, Sunshine is blessed with 10K feet of outside and inside space designed for learning and growing together amongst 60+ children and a faculty of 16.

Our Focus

We believe in age appropriate childhood education. Our teachers adapt the curriculum to fit the needs of our students. We believe in unstructured play, social development, and learning life skills.

Comfort is Critical for Learning

Children need to feel physically, emotionally, and psychologically comfortable for learning to occur.

Enriching Our Curriculum

Visits from guest teachers provide Sunshine with an environment rich in educational opportunities.

Lasting Relationships

Many Sunshiners have kept in touch throughout the years.

About Sunshine School

Loving and Educating Children since 1984

Since 1984, Sunshine School has loved and educated 3, 4, and 5-year old children in the northwest Tucson neighborhoods. We are a group of educators who offer children a wide array of activities in the areas of cognition, social development, and life skills. Our goal is to develop competent children who are ready to leave Sunshine with confidence and creativity and respect for one-another. Classroom and centers' lessons are taken from our curriculum but presented to suit the needs of individual children. Visits from guest teachers (with lessons in science and Spanish and vocal music and dance, etc) provide Sunshine with an environment rich in educational opportunities.

Meet the Team

Sunshine is proud of the kind, knowledgeable, and experienced teachers and volunteers who work with our children. Generally speaking, two out of three of us will have bachelor’s degrees in education and/or closely-related fields, and several of us will hold master’s degrees. All of the classroom teachers (including our art teacher) will have had previous experience in teaching in public or private schools. Additionally, each person on the staff annually attends a minimum of 18 hours of community class work in child growth & development and health & safety issues. Now here’s a sobering statistic: according to www.nacye.org, 33% of childcare center teachers are college graduates. Can you see how our comprehensive educational background becomes a great benefit to your children?
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Sue

Director, Founder
I’m Sue, Director of Sunshine School. I founded the school in 1984, and while Sunshine may be my conceptual “child,” it has grown beautifully with input and affection from children and families; colleagues; and our Tucson community.
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Kristen

Assistant Director
Hi! I’m Kristen, Sue’s Admin Assistant and Assistant Director for Parent Support. My three daughters are Sunshine alumnae, and I began working here in 2003. I love being a part of the Sunshine family and look forward to working with you!
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Beverly

Assistant Director
I’m Beverly, and I am Assistant Director for Support Services. I started at Sunshine in April, 2000. To me, Sunshine is a positive and nurturing environment. I am so thankful and proud to be one of the Sunshine Family.
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Billie

Assistant Director
My name is Billie, and I am an Assistant Director. I lead the afternoon program and I also teach Science twice a month at morning centers. I began at Sunshine in August of 2002. I’m happy to be here at Sunshine and I look forward to working with your children.
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Cindy B

Pre-K Teacher
Hi. My name is Cindy, and I teach the Pre-K class for the 4-year-old children. I began teaching here in 2004. I especially enjoy exposing the 4’s & 5’s to STEM activities, and I teach all my students to sing, “You are my Sunshine.” I taught in public schools for 14 years. All three of my children attended Sunshine, and now two are at the university and one is an engineer. I look forward to sharing another year with each one of your sweet little ones.
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Mindy

Pre-K Teacher
I’m Mindy, and I teach the oldest children here at Sunshine. I began in February of 2014. Previously, I taught 2nd, 3rd and 5th grades in the Amphi & Sunnyside School Districts. I have two daughters and both loved their teachers and the time they spent at Sunshine. I’m excited to be part of this team and continue on my educational journey!
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Julieta

Preschool Teacher
I’m Julieta. I teach the very youngest Sunshiners, those pre-three-year-olds who are potty-trained. I also teach a class of younger 4-year-olds. Along with Brenda, I speak with my students in Spanish. I taught a Pre-K class at another school for five years before coming to Sunshine in 2014. I am so thankful to be part of your child’s life.
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Marla

Preschool Teacher
I’m Marla, and I am blessed to teach the incoming 3-year-olds. I started at Sunshine in March, 2010, after both of my boys completed preschool here. I am inspired in guiding and watching these children grow in this nurturing and educational environment.
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Ellen

Kinder Readiness
My name is Ellen. I teach the Friday Kindergarten Readiness class. I taught kindergarten at Laguna Elementary School for 20 years before retiring in 2001. I soon missed the children and felt I needed to continue with my life’s work. So, in 2002, I accepted a position at Sunshine. I believe that by providing positive experiences and encouraging children to be successful, we will build a solid educational foundation for the future.
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Brenda

Teacher – Art and Spanish
Hello. My name is Brenda. My goal as an art teacher is for the kids to love and appreciate art in a fun setting. In Spanish class, we sing, play, and explore the Spanish language with my special friends, puppets Pepe and Pancho.
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Julie

Centers Team Lead
I’m Julie. Before Sunshine, I had a career in marketing and advertising. I started with Sunshine School as a parent volunteer in 2014. Now, I lead the Centers team. I enjoy working with all the wonderful children, their families, and the fantastic Sunshine staff.
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Dan

Instructional Aide
Hi. My name is Dan, and I am an Instructional Aide at Centers. I started at Sunshine in August of 1999. My nephew, David, attended Sunshine in 1998, and I was invited to be a guest reader in his class. That same day, Sue asked me if I would be interested in a position as a teacher’s aide. I am certainly proud to be a part of this unique learning environment.
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Julie S.

Center Teacher
My name is Julie S. I am a center’s teacher at Sunshine School. I spent a lot of time volunteering at Sunshine School while my children attended and fell in love with the enriching program and loving staff. I am so happy to be a part of the Sunshine staff and to be able to work with your beautiful children.
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Cindy M

Instructional Aide
Hi. My name is Cynthia, but please call me Cindy. I work as an Instructional Aide in the afternoon program. I started at Sunshine in May of 2000. My sweet husband and I have two children: one is completing her RN degree, and our son is an officer with the Oro Valley Police Department. I can’t think of a better place to be than Sunshine School!
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Kathy

Guest Teacher
I’m Kathy. I began as a classroom teacher in August of 1988; I retired in 2000. Now, I am an occasional guest teacher and a substitute teacher. My special interests are introducing the children to gadgets and hosting cooking classes. I’ve remained at Sunshine so that I could continue to assist and foster children’s development. It’s wonderful to see a child grow into a confident and creative person!
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Ana

Kindness Teacher
I’m Ana! I am so delighted to teach Kindness to your children. I have loved the Sunshine community since both my daughters attended the school, and now I am truly blessed to be part of it. I believe in the importance of being kind and generous to others, and I am honored to share that message with your children!

Testimonials

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